Northeast Energy News

New York could simplify permitting for renewable energy

RENEWABLE ENERGY: Citing the need to move faster on addressing climate change, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo proposes a new site permitting office to streamline permitting for renewable energy development. (Utility Dive)

ALSO: A Delaware judge rules the state’s environmental department cannot sue utility regulators in a dispute over how to implement Delaware’s minimum requirements for renewable energy. (Associated Press) 

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SOLAR:
• Connecticut municipalities and solar developers are locked in a dispute over a vague state law that determines which installations are tax-exempt. (Energy News Network)
Four Pennsylvania colleges partner with a 45.9 MW solar farm in Texas to purchase “virtual” renewable energy. (Philadelphia Inquirer)
• Even while approving an extra incentive for solar development on carports, Rhode Island regulators are uncertain of its prospects to steer projects away from open space and woodlands. (Providence Journal)
• New Hampshire legislators consider a bill that would require homeowners associations to allow solar installations and treat them the same as any other architectural feature. (NHPR)

CLIMATE: A Washington D.C suburb considers an overall fossil fuel ban by 2045 that includes gas appliances, pipelines and moving gasoline stations outside city limits. (WUSA9)

OIL & GAS: National Grid proposes a deep water liquified natural gas storage facility as a solution to Long Island’s gas supply constraints. (Newsday)

TRANSMISSION: Former Maine Gov. Paul LePage says he was paid $7,500 last year to lobby on behalf of a power line from Canada proposed by Central Maine Power. (Bangor Daily News)

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TECHNOLOGY: A medical waste gasification plant that would generate electricity using a relatively untested technology is proposed in a Rhode Island town. (ecoRI)

COMMENTARY:
• A New Jersey environmentalist says a proposal to build the PennEast pipeline in two phases smacks of desperation to save an unnecessary project that would generate profits for the owners but no additional gas in the state. (NJ Spotlight)
• A former community planner says several Massachusetts towns aren’t sitting by but are taking aggressive climate action. (Gloucester Daily Times)
• A former director of the Chesapeake Bay Program says a proposed settlement between Marylnd and the owner of a hydroelectric dam is unjustified because it cedes control over regulatory compliance. (Bay Journal)

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